D&R Greenway Land Trust
Spirit by William Vandever

Visit the Art Galleries

Marie L. Matthews Gallery
at the Johnson Education Center

This gallery has on exhibit works from a variety of media, inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Marie L. Matthews Gallery is located inside a circa 1900s restored barn that is also home to D&R Greenway Land Trust.

Gallery hours are weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm, except for holidays, and the third Saturday of the month, 1 pm to 4 pm, beginning again in May 2016. Please call 609.924.4646 ahead of time to ensure that art exhibitions are viewable in all rooms.

art opening

The video catalog of previous art shows can be found on our YouTube channel.
Click here to view archived past exhibits.

Top Introductory Photo - Spirit by William Vandever, Digital archival print

Farms, Barns and Bridges


October 24 - December 16, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 5:30-7:30

"Grandpa's Jersey Farm" by Phillip Luth

Artists include:

Jim Amon, Kathleen Amon, Bob Barish, Sheila Bodine, Nina Bolfing, Cheryl Bomba, Silvère Boureau, Gail Bracegirdle, Jay Brandinger, John Brecko, Peter Burt, Dylan Carroll, Richard Chenoweth, Larry Chestnut, Guy Ciarcia, Lisa DeMarsico, Connie Dierks, Suzanne Dinger, Jennifer Driscoll, Mike Dziomba, Lynn Ebeling, Sean Edwards, Renee Egan, Sandra Eliot, Fred Gardner, Carl Geisler, Dee Gozonsky, Helmut Kunst, Deborah Land, Barbara Lawrence, Mary Leck, Ronald LeMahieu, Richard Lennox, Susan Liddle, Phillip Luth, Larry Parsons, William H. McCarroll, William Metz, Mary M. Michaels, Shana Mimnaugh, Susan Mitrano, Pamela Neece, Joyce Ochs, Sandy O'Connor, Tasha O'Neill, Santford Overton, Paula Pearl, Dallas Piotrowski, Charles Plohn, Bennett Povlow, Teresa Prashad, Pat Proniewski, Janet Purcell, Jack Quinn, Richard Rappleyea, Cindy Roesinger, Peggy J. Rose, Denise Sandy, Sandra Shapiro, C.A. Shofed, Margaret Simpson, Allison Singer, Aurelle P. Sprout, Lucia Stout, Robert Sussna, Judith Sutton, Tom Chesar, Annelies van Dommelen, Ellen Veden, Samuel Vovsi, Patrick Walsh, Mary Waltham, Mary Ann Weisser, J. Michael Williams, Rebecca Wojchiechowicz, Evan Wolarsky, William Wolfe, Joy Yagid, Jane Zamost, Steve Zazenski, Ewa Zeller, Anne Zeman


Marie L. Matthews
Marie L. Matthews

The Marie L. Matthews Gallery was named in honor of Marie L. Matthews, a noted Princeton artist. Marie Matthews lived a full life as an accomplished nature photographer, very active in philanthropic affairs. She raised a family and traveled widely. She graduated from the University of California-Berkeley and received a Masters Degree in Education from Goucher College. She served as a trustee of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Corner House Foundation, and Mothers 2 Mothers Program. The generous spirit of Marie lives on in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.

Olivia Rainbow Gallery

Named by Leslie and Chris Kuenne of Princeton in memory of their daughter Olivia, a burgeoning artist who loved the outdoors, the gallery exhibits works of children and students from pre-school through high school ages. Throughout the year, changing exhibits mirror the theme of the art displayed in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.

Current exhibit:

“What Comes Naturally” by students of the

Bucks County Learning Cooperative


 “The Tale the Leaves Tell” by Stuart Country Day School students 

through December 1, 2016

Artwork from students at Stuart Country Day School


"EQUINOX”  by Vivian Lee Smyth


Upcoming Olivia Rainbow Gallery Exhibits:

“Near and Natural”
Regional Landscapes by Students of
Heather Barros
of Art Collaborations!
December 5 through January 13, 2017


“Seasons of Learning”
Princeton Academy Students
Through Gail Morford & Maggie Rose
January 17 through February 24, 2017


“The Natural Way”
Hun School Mixed-Media Art Students  
February 27 through March 29


“Natural Influences”
Art by Eden Autism Services Students
Celebrating April as Autism Month
March 30 through May 12, 2017


“Honoring Hannah Suthers – Birdwoman of the Sourlands”
Portraits by Princeton Day School Student
Erica Walsh
May 15 through June 16, 2017

The Jay Vawter Decoy Collection

Close to eighty artistic carved decoys were gifted by collector Jay Vawter of Princeton to D&R Greenway Land Trust in February 2012.  This gift seeks to inspire a conservation ethic by creating appreciation for the waterfowl and bird species on display. 

Jay Vawter

D&R Greenway’s work to preserve critical natural habitats – including marshes and wetlands, rivers and streams – was the impetus behind the gift.

An astute collector of high quality decoys, when Jay Vawter learned his children were not interested in inheriting his collection, he decided they would make a perfect charitable gift.  He selected D&R Greenway as the recipient because: “D&R Greenway preserves lands full of these birds.”

Many of the decoys in the Vawter Collection have won awards, such as a Merganser drake that won best in show at the Ward World Championships. Lem and Steve Ward, hunters and fisherman, weren’t trained artists but developed their ability to create lifelike birds by observing birds in the marshes and waterways.  In 1975, the Ward Museum opened in Salisbury, Maryland. Every decoy in the Vawter Collection was carved by an artist represented in the state-of-the-art Ward Museum.


Current exhibit:

Decoys—Timeline: From Craft to Art

through October, 2016

This exhibit includes a selection of working decoys more than 100 years old. Jay Vawter made a generous gift of his prize-winning decoys to D&R Greenway in 2012. “With this exhibition we want to give a sense of how decoys went from being a hunter’s tool and craft to a fine art,” says Vawter, a retired investment counselor and avid photographer who has traveled the world, amassing his decoy collection. “The first three in the case, on loan from Ron Kobli of Frenchtown’s Decoy & Wildlife Gallery, were actually used by hunters to lure birds.”

Renowned carvers represented in this exhibit include Bob Biddle, John English, Lem Ward, Jim Sprinkle, Pat Godin, Bob Guge, Greg Pederson, Elmer Crowell and Ben Heinemann.

Special thanks to Decoy Gallery Curator Jay Vawter, and to Ron Kobli of Frenchtown’s Decoy & Wildlife Gallery, for loans of early carvings from their personal collections. The gallery is open during business hours of business days, through October, 2016. 


Click here for directions to the Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540


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